The Lamar Consolidated ISD board is a monthly meeting that shapes and molds the future of over 30,000 students.
The LCISD board meeting had the additional task of confirming the new direction for two high schools, Fulshear and Randle, by hiring two new campus coordinators and head football coaches.
For Fulshear, Tomball High School offensive coordinator Nicholas Codutti was named the second head coach in Chargers’ history.
“I’m extremely grateful,” Codutti said. “The administration at Lamar Consolidated was awesome throughout the process and I just think they have good leadership. I want to be a part of that.
“It has been really fun to go through the interview process with them.”
Randle, on the other hand, kept it in the family.
The Lions’ first head football coach will be the school namesake’s son, Brian Randle.
Dr. Thomas Randle High School is named after LCISD’s superintendent of the past 20 years. Dr. Randle will be retiring after this school year.
“It is kind of like a homecoming to be honest,” Randle said. “I started my teaching and coaching career in LCISD at Foster.
“There is the extremely unique opportunity to be able to open up a new school for one, and two, it is named after your father.
“It’s named after someone that you think the world of and that is your hero.
“It’s different. It’s unique.
“I’m excited and proud.”
Codutti was the head coach at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, MO for three seasons; he was 12-18 over that stretch. After six years in the Blue Jays’ program, Codutti moved to Texas to become the Beaumont West Brook High School offensive coordinator in 2015.
“It’s been a goal of mine to come down here and get to where I am. Hopefully we are successful as a program,” Codutti said.
Codutti has been at Tomball for six years, where he taught government. On the football field, Codutti has been on the cutting edge of the spread offense. The Cougars finished the 2020 season with a 7-3 record while averaging 469.9 yards per game.
Codutti replaced Oschlor Flemming, who resigned his post at Fulshear in late January. Flemming opened Fulshear for two junior-varsity-only seasons and posted an 8-22 record in three varsity seasons.
“When Fulshear opened up, my family and I drove down and took a look at and I thought, ‘This could be a really good fit for us,” Codutti said. “I wanted to be a part of the administration and the district. The opportunity to become a head coach in Texas are few and far between.
“The opportunity was there and I ran with. I’m excited about it.”
Randle leads the new Lions program after one year at Katy Mayde Creek and four years at Alief Taylor. He is 22-26 overall as a head coach with a record of 4-5 last season with the Rams.
“I am who I am, it doesn’t matter where you put me; I’m going to bust my tail and work as hard as I can,” Randle said. “I’m going to do everything I can to put them in positions to be successful.”
Randle is a graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville, after which he was an assistant coach at Foster, Mansfield and Alief Taylor. He served as the Lions’ defensive coordinator since 2009 before taking over the head coaching position in 2016 — leading Taylor to a 9-2 record.
The Lions head football coach looks forward to the challenge of opening a new school.
“We get to set the standard and lead by example,” Randle said. “We will hire quality people. I’m a true believer that if we put quality people around these kids that we will succeed.
“By quality people, I mean people that care and they are not coming to work to just get a check.”
Randle High School will be the sixth high school in LCISD, located on Minonite Road in Richmond.
Randle will be working side by side with the high school principal John Montelongo III after the “Lions’ den” is open.
Montelongo had nothing but praise for his new head football coach.
“A few of the things we thought were critical to finding someone in that role was high character and good experience,” Montelongo said. “The irony of it is, (Randle) was a Lion at Alief Taylor.
“(Randle) was successful and ran good programs at Alief Taylor. Taylor was a tough school to win at, he was so successful that Katy ISD wanted him (at Mayde Creek).
“We were just lucky that he was interested. He went through the process and rose to the top.”